NESA
CINEMA CLASSES

CINEMA THEORY /PRE-PRODUCTION - Grades 9 - 12
This is a year long course designed for students entering the cinema program.  This comprehensive foundation course allows students to study the phenomenon of persistence of vision and the magic that makes motion pictures. They will learn techniques in cell and cut-paper animation, clay animation, stop-motion animation, live action filmmaking methods, and videography.  Students will work with digital cameras as well as digital non-linear editing systems.  Assignments generally include a flipbook, the construction of early optical toys, an animated movie with a soundtrack, and a live action video production. Drawing, storyboard preparation, set building, clay modeling, and script writing are among the various processes studied in Cinema Theory.
ELECTRONIC FILMMAKING PRE-PRODUCTION I - Grades 9 - 12
Students study the development of motion picture from its primitive beginnings to the advent of sound film.  They learn about cinematic rules and the basic aesthetic principles controlling film as art. Students will also survey cinema from the advent of "talkies" in the mid-1920s to its full artistic expression in the 1960s.  Selected films will be assigned, screened, and discussed.  This class also includes learning the pre-production process as well as how to direct, shoot and edit.  Students research the number of laws and ethics of media and film.
CINEMA PHOTOGRAPHY AND MOVEMENT - Grade 10
This is a study of digital film and camera equipment, lighting, processing, and the aesthetics of cinematography.
ELECTRONIC FILMMAKING – PRODUCTION II - Grade 10
This is a hands-on course. Students learn how to direct, shoot and edit their own short digital videos. The curriculum provides in-depth training in digital camera technology, lighting for digital video, digital audio recording and non-linear editing. The program is led by professional faculty members as well as guest industry professionals who emphasize the skills needed to help students land their first job in the industry and strategies for getting their films into festivals.

CINEMA EDITING AND SOUND - Grade 11

Use of advanced digital editing technology and techniques, including sound editing and mixing, to edit digital films.

ELECTRONIC FILMMAKING – PRODUCTION III - Grade 11

This comprehensive course is an extension of Electronic Film Production I & II with an added emphasis on screenwriting and a study of film styles and genres.  Participants will examine the principles and processes of writing for the screen.  Topics include finding and developing story ideas, film language and script structure.  Each student is expected to complete a film treatment.

CINEMA DIRECTING & SYNTHESIS - Grade 12

Students direct in-class exercises focusing on the dynamics of a scene, communicating with actors, blocking, and capturing action and performance with the camera.  Those lessons are then transferred to their outside productions.  This class also requires students to complete an internship or a program of study and practical work experience related to film studies, supervised and evaluated by faculty.

ANIMATION FOR ELECTRONIC FILM PRODUCTION - Grade 12
An in-depth study of animation style, storyboards and computer generated animations.